Music, words gets renewed emphasis at this year King observance for NC state employees

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance by North Carolina state workers will have a renewed focus on music and words and their influence on the civil rights movement.

Gov. Pat McCrory and the son of the late historian John Hope Franklin were scheduled to address the midday Friday service held at a Raleigh church near the old Capitol building.

The N.C. Arts Council and state African American Heritage Commission helped organize the program, which includes the Bennett College and Shaw University choirs and musicians from the longtime North Carolina-based jazz group The Monitors.

John W. Franklin of the National Museum of African American History and Culture planned the keynote address.

A bell-ringing ceremony recalling King's life and work was set for Friday morning on state government's Bicentennial Plaza.

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